Moving from Hawaii to the Lone Star State
Hawaii, the happiest state in the US, is made up of 8 main islands: Molokai, Oahu, Niihau, Kauai, Maui, Lanai, Kahoolawe, and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Don’t worry about Texas not being even in the top 10 happiest states in America — Texans are very friendly people who will welcome you with open arms and a big smile. When it comes to land area, Texas comes in the second position in the US with 267,339 square miles, which is 7.4% of US’ total area.
Home to over 28.7 million people, Texas is the second most populous state in the nation. And Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio are in the top 10 most populous cities in the United States.
Hawaii, in turn, has a population of fewer than 1.5 million people, and all its ethnic groups living in the isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific are a minority.
Do you know why Texas is nicknamed “The Lone Star State”? The territory used to be an independent republic from 1836 to 1845. The “Lone Star” can now be found on the Texas state flag; it also serves as a reminder of Texas’ struggle from independece from Mexico.
Getting used to new climate
Compared to Hawaii’s warm and moderate weather year-round, Texas is characterized by high temperatures and a dry heat that can take some time getting used to. If dry heat and high temperatures are not an issue, then you will not have to worry much about the weather. Texas’ weather varies from arid to humid. And since the state is very spread out, expect the weather to change from one part of Texas to another.
Learn about housing and living costs
Texas is well known for its affordable housing and living costs compared to other states in the US, especially Hawaii. If we compare Houston to Honolulu, the city with the longest borders in the world and the nation’s 11th largest metropolitan area, the overall living costs in Houston are over 90% lower than in Honolulu. Houston’s housing costs, in particular, are much lower than in Honolulu – over 280% less expensive to be exact.
Other cities in Texas are also more affordable than in Hawaii. So no matter where in The Lone Star State you choose to settle, you will enjoy the perks of living comfortably for much less money.
What to see and do in Texas
The state with the most farmland in the US is home to the world’s largest rose garden: Tyler Municipal Rose Garden which contains 38,000 rose bushes from 500 types of roses. If you love flowers, you may want to pack your camera and head to to Tyler, the Rose capital of America.
Other popular attractions in Texas are the 1,500-year-old coastal live oak near Fulton, Caddo Lake – the only natural lake in the country, the King Ranch, Big Bend National Park, River Walk Walkway, Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Padre Island, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Zilker Metropolitan Park, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, and Lady Bird Lake.
Moving to Texas with a car
Once your move to Texas, you will have 30 days to register your car with the TX DMV and submit all the other required documents, including proof of auto insurance, at your local County Tax Office. You can also transfer your out-of-state driver’s license at the same time you submit your car registration documents.
And if you need assistance shipping a vehicle from Hawaii to Texas, look no further. Our vehicle relocation experts are ready to help you make arrangements and ship your car with a peace of mind.